memoir final draft

Topics: AllergyAsthma

Jermaine Crane

Jennifer O’Neil

English 110

June 5, 2019

Why I Don’t Like Food Allergies, Asthma, And Skin Problems

I cannot stand the summer because I always get sick and start to break out in bumps EVERYWHERE! Like one time when I was 8 years old I went to A Easter egg party at my aunt house, and all my little cousins went outside searching for all the eggs with candy and money in them, so I came outside and started looking for eggs, too.

Next thing you know, everybody started chasing and playing around with each other. We all out in the grass tackling each other down, playing tag, then 20 minutes later I got this itching sensation and I got worse and worse by the minute! It felt like if I was getting poked with little needles, but it itched, so as I was scratching myself, I went into the bathroom and washed my arms and legs off with soap and water.

Well, guess what? That didn’t work because the soap had some kind of chemicals I was allergic to in it, and made my skin break out even worse. Now I was crying because I didn’t want to have ugly skin because my girl friends wouldn’t like me anymore. I walked up to my mom and she asked me a thousand and one questions about why I didn’t put my cream on, and why I didn’t do this and that. I got a whooping and had to sit in the house until we got ready to go home.

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Another time when I was 10 years old, I was at my sister’s house and she had this big candy bowl dish, so I looked at all the pieces of delicious candy and couldn’t figure out which one I wanted so I just picked any one (forgetting I have allergies). I can’t remember what the candy tasted like but I do remember my mouth started swelling up and breaking out! My mouth also got a little itchy but good thing my mother came in the house, because she picked me up and looked at my mouth, took the candy out then gave me a whooping for eating the candy she told me not to eat!

It seems like multiple things always are happening to me in the summertime, just like when I was 11 year’s old and I was at my uncle’s house helping him clean out the garage, but I kept sneezing from the dust that was all around. when we got halfway done my eyes were all red and puffy, and I could barely breathe from inhaling all the toxic dust and dirt that was in the air so he had took me home because he was worried about the way my eyes where irritated. My mom told me to not be around areas that are dirty or dusty because it would mess with my allergies.

Allergies are not fun because you can’t do a lot of things that the next person can do if they don’t have allergies like you. See, for me, I have to take an allergy pill called Singulair so it can prevent me from breaking out. I have to always keep an EpiPen around so just in case I eat something that makes me sick the EpiPen will fight off the allergic reaction and give the ambulance more time to come save me. I also have to take a puffer every day for my asthma because sometimes asthma can cause your allergies to get worse too. I have to take at least 5 different medications a day to help me with my outside and inside allergy problems. I can’t be around cats or dogs because their hair makes me itch and break out on certain spots of my body. I remember eating a chocolate coconut candy bar, but it did not make me sick, so I think that coconut is not actually a nut. But if I eat peanuts, peanut butter, fish, or any type of seafood, it will make me itch, and my throat will swell up bad and I won’t be able to breathe. Food allergies dangerous because I can die from eating the wrong stuff in life. That’s why I have to be very careful on what I eat.

There was a time when I was at home playing with some of my little cousins that was months younger than me , and my uncle brought some fish over for my mom. We went in the kitchen and I started looking at the fish in the bag and seen a tomato in there with it, too, so I told my little cousins “I’m going to touch the tomato with my tongue”, and I did it. 10 minutes later I started to feel a small ball-like knot in my throat, and I was getting worried but I didn’t say anything until 5 minutes later. It felt like it was starting to get larger so I rushed over to my parents and told them about what was going on so they called the paramedics to come quick. Meanwhile I was sitting on the porch until they arrived, but by the time they got there the ball I felt in my throat was leaving so after they checked me, I didn’t want to go to the hospital no more. That day was one of the most terrifying days that I ever had so far in life, which is why I now make sure I read the ingredients on every item in the store or at home and see what it contains. I make sure I smell the foods I eat first to make sure it’s not any kind of seafood, and I always ask questions about my food at restaurants to make sure I’m not eating anything I’m allergic to or will make me sick.

Sometimes I want to taste the foods I’m allergic to. I want to be able to eat fish without it harming me, I want to be able to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with no problem, and I heard Snickers do taste good. I still can’t get over the fact that I hate the smell of fish, though. It will always make my throat itch and make it hard to breathe for me when I’m around the smell. Peanut butter doesn’t smell too good to me, either. I kind of like the fact that I’m allergic to the foods I can’t eat because it helped learn more about the ingredients in packages, it helped me be safer about what I eat, and I sometimes search up words I don’t know in the ingredients.

I hope people with allergies be more careful on what they eat and what activities they do because it’s very dangerous for us to play with allergies. I learned that I have to be careful with everything I do in life because its easily for something bad to happen if you let it occur, but proper preparation prevents poor performance. I just hope I’m safe and make sure I watch the things I eat and do in life because I don’t want to die young. I want to be able to do a lot of things in life. I do not want to die because I ate the wrong thing or because I was playing sports and my asthma started acting up on me and I passed out. I still have a life to live. One day I hope my allergies go away so I won’t have to deal with any food problems no more.

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